PD Dr. Tobias Meilinger


E-Mail: tobias.meilingerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

I am interested in how people perceive, represent and individually or collaboratively utilise information about their spatial environment and how this can be used to better design environments, assistance systems and mobility concepts. To find out I employ virtual environments, eye movement measurement, cognitive modelling and methods from usability and user experience.

I studied Psychology in Würzburg, completed a phD in Freiburg and conducted research at the Collège de France in Paris and the University of Tokyo. During my time as group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics I habilitated at the University of Tübingen. Currently, I am working at Bosch on future mobility. 


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Journal articles


Book chapters (peer review)

Conference paper (peer review)

  • Hatzipanayioti, A., Pavlidou, A., Dixken, M., Bülthoff, H.H. & Meilinger, T., Bues, M., Mohler, B.J. (2019). Collaborative problem solving in local and remote VR situations. 26th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VR 2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/VR.2019.8798201 
  • Meilinger, T., Schulte-Pelkum, J., Frankenstein, J., Berger, D. & Bülthoff, H.H. (2015). Global Landmarks Do Not Necessarily Improve Spatial Performance in Addition to Bodily Self-Movement Cues when Learning a Large-Scale Virtual Environment. International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence. Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments.
  • Henson, A., Mallot, H.A., Bülthoff, H.H. & Meilinger, T. (2011). When do we integrate spatial information acquired by walking through environmental spaces? 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2764-2769).
  • Meilinger, T. & Bülthoff, H.H. (2010). The Direction Bias and the Incremental Construction of Survey Knowledge. 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2500-2505).
  • Frankenstein, J., Meilinger, T., Mohler, B. J. & Bülthoff, H.H. (2009). Spatial memory for highly familiar environments. 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2650-2655).
  • Bülthoff, H.H., Campos, J.L. & Meilinger, T. (2008). Virtual Reality as a Valuable Research Tool for Investigating Different Aspects of Spatial Cognition. International Conference Spatial Cognition 2008 (pp. 1-3).
  • Wiener, J.*, Meilinger, T.*, & Berthoz, A. (2008). The integration of spatial information across different perspectives. 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2031-2036). [*equal contributions]
  • Hölscher, C., Büchner, S. J., Brösamle, M., Meilinger, T., & Strube, G. (2007). Signs and Maps: Cognitive Economy in the Use of External Aids for Indoor Navigation. 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 377–382).
  • Meilinger, T., Riecke, B. E., & Bülthoff, H. H. (2007). Orientation Specificity in Long-Term-Memory for Environmental Spaces. 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 479–484).
  • Hölscher, C., Büchner, S. J., Meilinger, T., & Strube, G. (2006). Map Use and Wayfinding Strategies in a Multi-Building Ensemble. International Conference Spatial Cognition 2006 (pp. 365–380).
  • Meilinger, T., Franz, G., & Bülthoff, H. H. (2006). From Isovists via Mental Representations to Behaviour: First Steps Toward Closing the Causal Chain. Space Syntax and Spatial Cognition Workshop (pp. 1–16).
  • Meilinger, T., Knauff, M., & Bülthoff, H. H. (2006). Working memory in wayfinding – a dual task experiment in a virtual city. 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 585–590).
  • Hölscher, C., Meilinger, T., Vrachliotis, G., & Knauff, M. (2005). The Floor Strategy: Wayfinding Cognition in a Multi-Level Building. 5th International Space Syntax Symposium.
  • Vrachliotis, G., Hölscher, C., Meilinger, T. (2005). Building analysis from a spatial cognition perspective. 5th International Space Syntax Symposium.
  • Meilinger, T. (2005). Wayfinding with Maps and Verbal Directions. 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1473–1478).
  • Totzke, I., Meilinger, T., & Krüger, H.-P. (2005). Adaptivität und Adaptierbarkeit von menügesteuerten Informationssystemen – Kein Ansatz zur Lösung des Problems der Erlernbarkeit?!. In C. Urbas & C. Steffens (Eds.), Zustandserkennung und Systemgestaltung (pp. 35–40). Düsseldorf: VDI-Verlag.
  • Hölscher, C., Meilinger, T., Vrachliotis, G., Brösamle, M., & Knauff, M. (2004). Finding the Way Inside: Linking Architectural Design Analysis and Cognitive Processes. International Conference Spatial Cognition 2004 (pp. 1–23). Berlin: Springer.
  • Totzke, I., Meilinger, T., & Krüger, H.-P. (2003). Erlernbarkeit von Menüsystemen im Fahrzeug – mehr als "nur" eine Lernkurve. In Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (Eds.), Der Fahrer im 21. Jahrhundert, VDI Berichte 1768 (pp.171-195). Düsseldorf: VDI-Verlag. (best paper award).